Home > Features > Interviews >

Matthew Fisher: Visualised the dismissal of Sanju Samson

Matthew Fisher © Getty Images
Matthew Fisher bowled an inspiring spell of swing bowling against India in ICC Under-19 World Cup 2014 © Getty Images (File Photo)

Matthew Fisher talks about his spell against India Under-19 team in the ICC Under-19 World Cup 2014, his idols and lots more in conversation with Nishad Pai Vaidya.

Matthew Fisher is currently England’s leading wicket-taker in the ICC Under-19 World Cup 2014. The opening bowler uses swing to good effect and concentrates on pitching it up to the batsman and teasing him to his downfall. India found that out when he snared three wickets in no time to have them reeling in the first ten overs of their quarter-final encounter.

The 16-year-old is the youngest member of the England under-19 side, but has been a crucial part of their good run so far. In an exclusive interview with CricketCountry, he spoke about the spell against India, the areas he focused on and the upcoming semi-final against Pakistan.

Excerpts from the interivew:

CricketCountry (CC): What was your approach early on against India with the fog around and the cloud cover?

Matthew Fisher (MF): Just trying to do what I have been doing really! Try and hit the pitch hard and get a bit of swing. Obviously that helped. With the swing as well, that made me a ten times better bowler out there.

CC: You also pitched up. Was it that kind of a wicket?

MF: Yes. Thought it was a very slow wicket. The one on which we played Sri Lanka, the batsmen could come forward and play. The last two games we have played here [Dubai International Cricket Stadium], it has been a bit slower and you can’t really play your back-foot shots. I was a bit fuller, but as an opening bowler, you’ve to look for a few wickets. You got to be aggressive at the start with your length and your line and the wickets we got showed that.

CC: Was your wicket of Sanju Samson your best delivery of the day?

MF:  Yes, I have heard he is a very good player, which I am sure he is. At the end of the mark, I looked up and I thought, “What’s my best ball to him?” I pictured that in my head and went in to bowl it. Brilliant feeling!

CC: You maintained a tight line once you took those wickets. Was it difficult to find that consistency?

MF: After getting three early wickets, there can be a tendency to be too aggressive, bowl too many bouncers. But we did it perfectly. We knew that the Indians bat deep and we searched for more wickets. We thought, we should just settle in and hopefully, they will make a mistake.

CC: How did you start playing the game and where do you come from in England?

MF: I started playing with my brother as a young lad — with the tennis ball. And, I just progressed from there really. This was in Yorkshire.

CC: Who are some of your idols?

MF: I’d say Andrew Flintoff and then I’d say James Anderson. I try and swing it away from the batsman, and he is just canny with the way he bowls and sets batsmen up.

CC: Your thoughts going into the semi-final against Pakistan…

MF: Hopefully, we can go out there and come up with a good performance against Pakistan. We’ve played them a lot recently and we haven’t got any real result or luck against them. The lads are confident and want to get one over on them.

(Nishad Pai Vaidya is a Correspondent with CricketCountry and anchor for the site’s YouTube Channel. His Twitter handle is @nishad_44)

South Africa tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Jul 24, 2014 (10:00 IST)   at Colombo

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 24, 2014 (12:30 IST)   at Bulawayo

India tour of England 2014

Jul 27, 2014 (15:30 IST)   at Southampton

Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Aug 6, 2014 (10:00 IST)   at Galle

India tour of England 2014

Aug 7, 2014 (15:30 IST)   at Manchester

More

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 22, 2014  at Bulawayo

Afghanistan won by 2 wkts

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 20, 2014  at Bulawayo

Zimbabwe won by 8 wkts

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 18, 2014  at Bulawayo

Zimbabwe won by 6 wkts

India tour of England 2014

Jul 17, 2014  at London

India won by 95 runs

South Africa tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Jul 16, 2014  at Galle

South Africa won by 153 runs

Photos

Gallery: India vs England 2nd Test at Lord's

Videos

Alastair Cook jokes about his bowling

India’s wins in England — from 1971 to 2014

Ravindra Jadeja knighted by her majesty Queen Elizabeth II

India’s win over England in 2nd Test at Lord’s: Twitter reactions

Ishant Sharma pummels England into submission as India clinch Lord’s Test by 95 runs

Ishant Sharma registers name at Lord’s honours board, takes 6 wickets in 2nd Test against England

Bhuvneshwar Kumar England England vs India England vs India 2014 India India tour of England 2014 India vs England India vs England 2014 Ishant Sharma South Africa South Africa tour of Sri Lanka 2014 Sri Lanka Sri Lanka vs South Africa Sri Lanka vs South Africa 2014

Jos Buttler calls his Test call-up for England against India a “dream come true”

Pakistan court helps family of girl cricketer who committed suicide

Pakistan Cricket Board aims to introduce democratic process of governance

Sachin Tendulkar not offended by Maria Sharapova’s comment

Afghanistan beat Zimbabwe in 3rd ODI at Bulawayo by 2 wickets

Ishant Sharma: The enigma who takes key wickets

Statistical highlights of India vs England 2014, 2nd Test at Lord’s

Ishant Sharma’s email inbox after the Lord’s Test match against England

Ishant Sharma’s house targetted by fans after expecting another failure

India’s wins in England — from 1971 to 2014

Fan of the Day

Fan Cricket

Fan Cricket

11 Posts | 2 Fans

Brazil vs Netherlands, 3rd place Fifa World Cup 2014 match Video Highlights

What did Anil Kapoor do for daughters Sonam Kapoor and Rhea Kapoor’s Khoobsurat?

Why did Kareena Kapoor Khan reject six films in last five months?

Kejriwal meets families of Indians stranded in Iraq

Gaza toll 609 as US blames Hamas for crisis!

Telecom stocks ring in gain; Nifty zooms 84 points

Nvidia Shield Tablet powered by a Tegra K1 processor announced

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here